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Best tips for your Living room interior design

Best tips for your Living room interior design

Living room interior design tips Linesmag

The Living room is the busiest common space in our home. It is the place where the family spends most of their time, watching TV, communicating and welcoming their friends in. In this case, what makes a beautiful and trendy Living room? Here are some living room design tips to take into consideration in order to have a comfy, simple and attractive place to spend your day in.

Plan the Living room layout

Before buying any furniture, take your room’s dimensions, and sketch your layout. Spot the space ventilation, access points, natural lighting and its orientation. Once you take your own needs and budget into account, you can start laying out the living room arrangements. Use manual sketches or software applications to try out all sorts of layouts and options.

Layout best practice

While no “option” fits all, some compositions proved their effectiveness. For example, keeping the access points connectivity clear is the best circulation strategy. Another one is creating more than one seating zone, this allows better variety for the whole family. The Fireplace zone might be the main one, but why not add a book corner by the window. Bringing this living room composition together requires one simple addition, the carpet. A carpet defines each zone in the room, and should include all the furniture in its area.

6 different Living room furniture layouts Linesmag
Photo Courtesy: Laurel Bern interiors

Share your ideas with your partner and always scan as much books and magazines to broaden your perception. Check what is new and trendy, then add your personal twist to it.


Living room Sofa selection Linesmag


Shape & Size A perfect sofa makes all the difference in the design ‘not too big, not too small’. Its height shouldn’t be too low, because that makes it difficult to get in or out of it. Its shape depends on your space area and functionality. An L-shaped sofa is really good against walls, it defines two different zones in an open plan.

Fabrics try to choose comfy and practical fabrics to achieve durability throughout the years. Whether you have kids or pets you will need really good quality fabrics that can bear any circumstances. Besides, make sure to choose a mid-tone color in the fabrics as it won’t show any waste and stains easily. This shouldn’t tale away from your piece’s groove once you throw in some colorful and cozy pillows.

Living room sofa fabrics Linesmag

Tables and Chairs

Movable side tables, chairs, and stools are great for flexible design, since you can change the room set up from time to time. This refreshment every once in a while keeps the interior interesting. The variety in such objects is another story. Matching the sofa with armchairs gives everyone a different seating option in front of the TV. By the view, a side table next to a lounge chair makes a perfect relaxing spot.

Choosing the furniture style is also pretty important, check out how to choose modern furniture and mid-century furniture style.

Living room Chairs Linesmag


The easiest way to pick the room’s paint colors is after choosing the fabrics and the furniture first. This makes it more accurate and easier to choose the paint.

You always want your living room design to be nice and interesting, so don’t choose the same exact tone color of the furniture for the paint. Instead, check the color wheel and palettes to see what colors complement each other, creating a visual scene.

If you want to make a statement, go for dark paint with monotone shades of furniture. The other way to go is light pain, with distinct printed pieces of furniture. In this case, graphical prints is all the room needs. Sometimes, using bright colored paint to highlight your memories on one side of the room is the simplest way to compliment the design.

Living room paint and design Linesmag

Choosing paints for the wall wisely is a very important stage as it gives the room it’s mood whether it is relaxed, or bright. In the end of the day, mixing between paint and furniture colors or using shades of the same color is all up to your preferences.

Lighting Units

It is very important to have different lighting elements in the room besides the natural light in the morning. Many lighting options have different purposes and design use. Led lights for example are graphical illumination tools, while overhead ones are central lighting sources. Lighting intensity also varies based on your own preferences. Darker living areas need strong exposure to balance out the space. Other smooth spaces work better with spotlights, as it relaxes the room’s mood.

Living room lighting design Linesmag
Photo Courtesy: Mimar Interiors


Matching different materials give the room a deeper sense, and a comfy style. You can mix between glass, wood, decorative painted bricks, leather, and cotton. Using texture in interior design goes hand in hand with the color palette. When the living room is airy and light, a brick wall makes all the difference. Wooden floorboards alone can add a homey look to the living room. Also, glass partitions and clear windows tone nicely with darker shades.

Living room textures mix Linesmag

Comfy and Cozy

Some people work hard to create a sophisticated living area for their visitors to look at, much like a showroom. This is not the living room purpose. It should be welcoming and cozy for the whole family and their friends to spend great time together.

Sophisticated Living room design Linesmag
Photo Courtesy: David Anderson

Living room Accessories

Accessories add the final touch to the living room design. They give depth to the whole interior, but can get quite tricky, so it needs to be in tune with the design. Always remember not to overuse them in one room, be picky and follow your artistic senses.

Mirrors, paintings, plants, pictures, or sofa pillows are all different kinds of accessorizing. Plants in a wide space are always refreshing, especially when they stand by a wall filled with family photos. Moreover, modern standing lamps by the reading area is as functional as it elevates a clearly outlined decor. A painting also fits very nicely at a conversational seating, in the middle of a pair of chairs.

Living room accessories Linesmag

It is very important to choose your living room design and details based on your favorite architectural style ‘Modern, Classic, Rustic, Contemporary or even Islamic’ and pay attention to all the details in the room. The room will reflect your taste and remember you will spend most of your time in it. So it has to be comfortable and functional not just a room with a great look.

Explore dinning room ideas in Design tips for styling your Dinning room for a comprehensive home design. You can also take a look at bedroom interiors in Bedroom design tips and tricks.

Architect graduated from Misr International University. Explorer, Passionate writer and designer, the main goal is to step out of the comfort zone and to learn everything about the world of Arts and Architecture.


  1. Charli Smith

    4 February

    I am moving to a new home and it is quite small, what are some design tips to make the rooms in the home look bigger?

  2. Zoe Campos

    2 July

    Thank you for telling me that I should plan the entire layout first before purchasing some furniture or other elements. We’re thinking of remodeling our house’s first floor and that includes the dining room, kitchen, and the living room, but we specifically want to focus on improving our living room. I’ll try looking first for a home remodeling contractor and consult them about my ideas first before making a decision.

    • LinesMag Staff

      3 July

      You are most welcome! yes, we encourage you to consult an interior designer, it is definitely worth it.

  3. Charli Smith

    9 July

    Okay so lately my homes have been kinda all looking the same.I’m not looking for crazy building ideas or outside decor but inside design ideas.

  4. Charli Smith

    9 July

    Hi, I’m in the process of buying a new home and am thinking about what colors to paint the rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen, and living room.

  5. Priya Dharshini

    18 September

    Amazing tips! I am gonna add some mirrors and plants to my living room. Thanks for sharing it!